Nursing

Website spotlight: Stop losing experienced nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, November 1, 2010

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010


There's no substitute for experience, especially in nursing. Experienced nurses accomplish all their tasks in a shift and somehow their patients never know how busy they are. They still find time to check in, offer support, and even a shoulder to cry on.


But experienced nurses are aging and exiting the workforce. According to data recently released from the latest National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses—which has been conducted by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration every four years since 1977—the average age of licensed RNs is 47. Nearly 45% of RNs were 50 years of age or older in 2008, a dramatic increase from 33% in 2000 and 25% in 1980.


Editor's note: To read the rest of this free article visit Stop losing experienced nurses found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.


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